Diabetes and the Risk of Chronic Wounds

Many common types of wounds (ulcers) in the legs and feet are related to vascular disease. Left untreated, wounds and vascular diseases can lead to amputation and other major health issues.

(Many chronic wounds are related to diabetes as well. Learn more about diabetic ulcers.)

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How are chronic wounds related to vascular disease?

If you have persistent wounds, it may indicate a problem with the circulatory (vascular) system.

Poor circulation to the legs and feet may reduce the supply of blood – and oxygen – to a wound. This restricts the body’s immune response, making healing more difficult.

Peripheral vascular disease or peripheral arterial disease, for example, is a narrowing of arteries that may be linked to atherosclerosis, which can impede blood flow to the legs and feet.

People with wounds may suffer from venous insufficiency, for example, where the veins struggle to return blood to the heart. Venous insufficiency may cause varicose veins – where inefficient valves within the veins allow blood to pool – may progress to venous ulcers.

In fact, the vast majority of lower extremity wounds manifest because of an underlying vascular issue. An estimated 80 percent of chronic leg and foot wounds are caused by venous disease, according to Medscape.

Some other vascular diseases associated with wounds include:

  • Venous hypertension
  • Deep vein thrombosis (DVT)
  • Buerger disease
  • Raynaud’s disease

Treating Chronic Wounds Requires Treating the Underlying Cause

At the Wound and Hyperbarics Center, we take a “whole person” approach to treatment; rather than merely treating the wounds, we try to uncover the underlying vascular condition and treat the source of the problem.

Fix the vascular condition, fix the wound.

Lifestyle changes, minimally invasive techniques, and surgical options can all help treat chronic wounds as well as their underlying causes.

The Wound and Hyperbarics Center has the latest technologies, diagnostics, treatments, and equipment. Plus, we are fully stocked with all types of wound- and vascular-related medical supplies, so we always have what we need on hand to treat patients on the spot.

Some of the vascular and wound treatments we offer include:

  • Hyperbaric oxygen therapy
  • Vascular stenting
  • CO 2 angiography
  • Laser atherectomy and thrombectomy
  • Medications
  • Surgery
  • Laser therapy
  • Revascularization
  • Varicose vein surgery
  • Bioengineered skin and growth factor therapy

Get the treatment you need today. Call The Wound and Hyperbarics Center.

It is important to understand that wounds and vascular diseases make you extremely susceptible to amputation, heart attack, and other major complications.

With our highly-qualified team of medical professionals and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment, we are able to take care of all of your wound, vascular, and heart conditions in one location.

If you have chronic diabetic, venous, or arterial ulcers; a vascular condition; or precursors to a heart, wound, or vascular issue, call the Wound and Hyperbarics Center and schedule an appointment.

We offer same- or next-day appointments upon request. Call us today at 855-827-2852.